The Marquette Golden Eagles began their stint in the 2017 Maui Invitational with a victory. The Golden Eagles can thank their 3-point shooting skills against the VCU Rams for the tally they made in the win column.
MU converted on 13 3-pointers in the 94-83 victory over VCU. That’s a season-high to this point, and the most they’ve made as a team since they hit 14 against the Creighton Bluejays in last year’s season finale.
The Golden Eagles were led by the efforts of Markus Howard, Sam Hauser, Andrew Rowsey and Haanif Cheatham. All four scored in double figures, with Howard leading the way with 22. 18 of his 22 points were scored in the second half after getting out to a 2-8 start from the field and 0-4 from 3. He finished the game 7-12 in the second half and 4-9 from the 3-point line.
Hauser, meanwhile, scored 15 in the second half and was 3-6 from 3. He finished with 20, a career-high mark. Rowsey had 15 first half points, leading the team, and finished with 20 also. Cheatham, meanwhile, had 10 in the first half, and finished with 13.
Marquette will now face the winner of Wichita State/Cal, who tip off shortly. We’ll be back with some takeaways. For now, MU fans, you can enjoy this hard-earned win.